Category Archives: Blackboard 8

Bb 8 Tutorial: Exempted Grades

Students can be exempted from a grade from the Grade Center page or the Grade Details page. When a grade has been exempted, it will display an exempted icon in the cell of the exempted grade. Comments can be added to any exempted grade. Faculty can drop students’ lowest grade by selecting that grade to be exempted.

Blackboard 8 gives you flexibility in the gradebook by allowing you to exempt grades. This useful for dropping grades. When a grade is exempted, an icon will appear in the cell for that student and assignment; displayed as a shaded square.

To exempt grades:
1. Go to a cell for an assignment that has been graded.
2. Make sure you place the mouse pointer to the specified student’s grade until a arrow appears.
3. Click on the arrows and select exempt grade.

Click here to watch a tutorial on exempting grades.

Bb 8 Tutorial: Icon Legend

Blackboard 8 introduces a new icon legend in the Grade Center.  This tutorial will introduce the new icons and compare them to what you currently know in Blackboard 7.

Here is an explanation of what each icon represents in the Grade Center:
User Unavailable – student is unable to access the course; instructor will rarely see this icon because all student drops are done automatically.
Column Not Visible to Users – students are unable to see the grade column in their gradebook.
Completed – symbol that displays if an assignment is set to display as COMPLETE/ INCOMPLETE or if a survey is completed.
Needs Grading – shown if a student uploaded an assignment that needs to be graded or if a test had essay/short essay questions.
Grade Modified Manually – shown if a grade has been changed or overrode.
Attempt in Progress – replaced the lock icon; shown if a test or assignment is in progress.
External Grade – although displayed, it will not be used at ECU, please disregard this icon.
Grade Exempted for this User – shown if a grade has been exempted.
Error – shown if Blackboard is having an error with the grade entered; rarely seen.

Click here to view the icon legend tutorial.

Bb 8 Tutorial: Show / Hide Users

In Blackboard 8, as an instructor, you now have the option of hiding users form the Grade Center.  Hidden users are not removed from the Grade Center and can be shown at any time.  Users that are set to “hide” are grayed out in the ORGANIZE GRADE CENTER section under MANAGE.

To show/hide users, follow these steps below:
1. With your mouse, hover over the MANAGE button.
2. Click on the SHOW / HIDE USERS button.
3. Place a check beside each student you want to show or hide.
4. With your mouse, click on the appropriate button; SHOW USER or HIDE USER (whichever action you wish to perform).

Click here for show / hide users tutorial.

Bb 8 Tutorial: Interactive / Non-interactive View

This button allows you to switch between the two available grade center views. The interactive view is the default view that allows inline editing of grade entries and the ability to freeze and unfreeze columns. The non-Interactive simplistic view and does not allow inline grade editing or the ability to freeze /unfreeze of columns. This view is designed for accessibility and is for screen readers. It also allows keyboard usage.

To toggle between interactive view / non-interactive view, follow the steps below:
1. With your mouse, hover of the button located at the far right end.
2. Wait for the screentip to display, letting you know to switch between the views.

Click for interactive / non-interactive view tutorial.

Bb 8 Tutorial: Smart Views

Blackboard introduces a way to query your grade center in a way to  determine statistics such as displaying students that scored below a 70 on a midterm and other outliers that may need discovering.  In addition to statistics, you can use smart views to separate your grade center by course sections.  For example, if you collapse your courses into one Blackboard course, you can create a smart view to separate section 001 students from section 002 students.  Watch the video below to see how it is done.

To access the smart view area:
1. Hover over MANAGE in the grade center
2. Click on SMART VIEW
3. Choose from the available types of smart views to create.
4. If you want to create a smart view to separate your course sections, choose FOCUS.

Click here to watch the smart view tutorial